51Degrees Device Detection Node.js  4.2

51Degrees Device Detection for Node.js


Automatic updates example for 51Degrees device detection ‘Hash’ engine shows how to build a pipeline using the 51Degrees device detection pipeline builder and demonstrates the update on start up functionality. The automatic data file updates page explains the different options you can configure.

This example is available in full on GitHub.

This example requires a local data file. Free data files can be acquired by pulling the submodules under this repository or from the device-detection-data GitHub repository.

This example requires a subscription to 51Degrees Device Data, a subscription can be acquired from the 51Degrees pricing page.

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require((process.env.directory || __dirname) +
// Load in a datafile
const datafile = (process.env.directory || __dirname) + '/../../../device-detection-cxx/device-detection-data/51Degrees-LiteV4.1.hash';
// Set your license key, if you don't have a license key already you can
// obtain one by subscribing to a 51Degrees bundle: https://51degrees.com/pricing
const myLicenseKey = process.env.LICENSE_KEY || "!!YOUR_LICENSE_KEY!!";
if (myLicenseKey == "!!YOUR_LICENSE_KEY!!") {
console.log("You need a license key to run this example, if you don't have one already " +
"you can obtain one by subscribing to a 51Degrees bundle: https://51degrees.com/pricing");
} else {
// Check if datafile exists
const fs = require('fs');
if (!fs.existsSync(datafile)) {
console.error("The datafile required by this example is not present. Please ensure that the 'device-detection-data' submodule has been fetched.");
throw ("No data file at '" + datafile + "'");
// Create the device detection pipeline with the following options
// to configure updates on startup. There is no console output
// when the update is complete but you can check the modified date
// of the data file to confirm the update has occurred.
// Path to your data file
dataFile: datafile,
// For automatic updates to work you will need to provide a license key.
// A license key can be obtained with a subscription from https://51degrees.com/pricing
licenceKeys: myLicenseKey,
// Enable automatic updates.
autoUpdate: true,
// Enable update on startup, the auto update system
// will be used to check for an update before the
// device detection engine is created.
updateOnStart: true
// To monitor the pipeline we can put in listeners for various log events.
// Valid types are info, debug, warn, error
pipeline.on('error', console.error);